What's on in Israel this week.

New Cycle Paths in Ayalon-Canada Park-1 (photo credit: KKL-JNF)
New Cycle Paths in Ayalon-Canada Park-1
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Iranian sights and Persian sounds Ensemble Golha will perform a program of classical Persian and Persian Jewish music at Steinberg Hall in Holon, tomorrow at 9 p.m. The concert will take in many of the mainstays of the Persian classical and folk repertoire, and the evening’s program includes a slide lecture by David Nissan on modern-day Iran, looking at a range of areas including culture, the arts, architecture, the status of women and the history of Persian Jewry.
Ensemble Golha was founded by veteran santour player Menashe Sasson in 2008, with the idea of performing and recording instrumental and vocal creations, along with poetry recitals, from the work of such Persian Jewish writers as Hafiz, Saadi and Rumi. Sasson is a long-standing member of seminal cross-cultural band Habrera Hativeet.
The other members of Ensemble Golha include percussionist Moshe Hagigi, flutist Yaakov Meiron, and violinists Nir Seroussi and Aviva Alaiev, with Marina Toshich on oud and vocalist Farzane Cohen.
The group’s sonic offerings are also frequently visually enhanced by dancer Orit Sucari.
For tickets: 054-667-3020 TA Soloists Ensemble gets cello support The fifth slot of the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble’s current season takes place from March 22 to 24, with concerts in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Kfar Shmaryahu.
In addition to the ensemble members, conducted by Barak Tal, the concerts will also feature internationally renowned cellist Gavriel Lipkind and pianist Amit Dolberg.
The repertoire includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 26 (Lamentatione), Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A Minor, and Britten’s Simple Symphony, as well as the world premiere of Israeli composer Ayal Adler’s work for piano and orchestra, Merhavim. The latter is a dynamic work which explores areas outside the accepted borders of dialogue between the soloist and the ensemble, and takes a flexible approach to the traditional concerto structure.
Concerts will all take place at 8:30 p.m., at the Rappaport Auditorium in Haifa on March 22, the Stricker Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv on March 23, and at the Weil Culture and Arts Center in Kfar Shmaryahu on March 24.
For tickets and more information: (04) 836-3804 (Haifa); 054-320-3470 and 054- 494-0317 (Tel Aviv); and (09) 956- 9430 (Kfar Shmaryahu) Biking down south The Mishpahtimna 2 cycling event will take place at Park Timna in the Arava between March 27-29.
The three-day program offers a range of cycling activities, of various levels of expertise, from 5-km. routes for children to a 14- km. single track for experienced and skilled mountain bikers.
There will also be non-cycling items such as a visit to the Hai Bar animal reserve at Yotvata, where participants can witness carnivore feeding, and will receive cycling kits with a specially issued shirt, a map of local biking routes, a program and information about area attractions.
Organized cycling events will take in birdwatching; breaks at observation points offer spectacular views of the Arava Valley and the surrounding mountains; while families with children too small to cycle can enjoy various ecologically oriented workshops at Kibbutz Lotan.
The last day’s program includes fun activities such as archery and sling shooting, and a performance of percussion troupe Tararam on Friday evening. Camping facilities and other accommodation are available.
For more details: 1-800-225-007, (03) 765-9000, www.parktimna. and Melting at Tmuna The Melting Pot production at Tel Aviv’s Tmuna Theater on March 27, April 26 and April 28, explores the intriguing gray area between accepted respectability and the darker side of urban living. The work was created by Yehoshua Sobol, together with Yael Nivron, Omri Levy, Orian Partam Glicksberg and Daniel Raz.
Nivron, Levy and Partam Glicksberg also portray all the characters in the play, which tells the strange tale of three prostitutes who decide to work out of a respectable apartment building in Tel Aviv, and how the residents cope with the interlopers’ business activities.
The play is directed by Sobol, with original music by Shahar Even-Tzur.
For tickets: (03) 561-1211 and